Recordings released by actor Tom Arnold reportedly reveal former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen telling Arnold that the crimes he confessed to in order to secure a plea deal with federal prosecutors were "a lie."
What did Cohen say?
In the recordings. obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Cohen tells Arnold that he "lost my business…my insurance, my bank accounts, all for what? All for what? Because Trump, you know, had an affair with a porn star? That's really what this is about."
Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for violating campaign finance laws with his handling of a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Although Cohen had pleaded guilty to tax evasion, he told Arnold "There is no tax evasion." He also said that he lied when he pleaded guilty to understating his expenses and debts when applying for a home-equity line of credit worth half a million dollars. "And the Heloc [home-equity line of credit]? I have an 18% loan-to-value on my home. How could there be a Heloc issue? How? Right?…It's a lie."
Cohen's own lawyer, Lanny Davis, told the Wall Street Journal, "Michael has taken responsibility for his crimes and will soon report to prison to serve his sentence. While he cannot change the past, he is making every effort to reclaim his life and do right by his family and country. He meant no offense by his statements."
Current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani responded to this development in a tweet, saying that "[s]ince Cohen began composing for the Angry Democrats he has demonstrably lied under oath in his guilty plea and his testimony to Elijah 'I'll throw the book at you' Cummings."
What about Arnold's recordings of Trump?
Arnold claimed last June to have tapes tapes of Trump, which would prove "how incompetent he was." However, if he did have these tapes, he has never released them.
Arnold also claimed at the same time that he and Cohen were planning on "taking Trump down together." However, Cohen responded in a tweet, saying that while he appreciates Arnold they "did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS."
Arnold is the ex-husband of comedian Roseanne Barr, who appeared on one season of "The Apprentice."